BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - MAY 07: Starting pitcher Matt Harvey #32 of the Baltimore Orioles walks off of the mount after the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 7, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Saturday’s 5-3 win over the Washington Nationals provided the Orioles a reason to be cautiously optimistic. The reason, it was the second consecutive Matt Harvey start of 6 innings pitched. Add to that the fact that Harvey didn’t allow a run in those starts and it is easy to see why the optimism needle is moving, ever so slightly.

Harvey limited the Nationals on Saturday to 1 hit, a Trea Turner double in the 4th inning, over those 6.0 innings pitched. He also retired the both the 10 batters before that double and the 8 batters after it. Harvey finished with a line of 6.0 IP, 1 H, 4K and the win.

Over the past two starts Harvey has pitched 12.0 innings allowing 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6; he was the winning pitcher in both starts.

The bullpen duo of Adam Plutko and Tanner Scott allowed the Nationals to get back into the game (2.0 IP, 3 R, 3H, 2 K, 2 HB, 1 HR allowed combined) but Dillon Tate shut the door with a 1 hit, 2 strikeout 9th inning and was credited with the save.

Ryan Mountcastle (2 for 3, 1 double, 1 HR, 1 Run scored, 1 RBI, 1 BB) and Trey Mancini (2 for 4, 1 HR, 2 Runs scored, 1 RBI) led the offense with help from Cedric Mullins (2 for 4, 1 double, 2 Runs scored) and Austin Hays (1 for 4, 1 Run scored, 1 RBI).

On another note, Washington pitching held Ramon Urias hitless (0 for 4, 3 strikeouts), ending his six-game hitting streak.

Box Score

2021 Record: 33-64

Next Game: Sun. July 25 @ 1:05pm

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